Mamelodi Sundowns’ hopes of defending their Absa Premiership title took a very huge dent when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in front of a packed Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
Facts are indeed stubborn but the reality is that the Buccaneers win indeed helped bitter-rivals Kaizer Chiefs consolidate their nine-point lead at summit of the PSL standings.
It is now surely advantage Kaizer Chiefs as they look to reverse four unprecedented seasons without silverware in their 50th anniversary season with yesterday’s result maintaining their cushion and firm grip over the defending champions and more over other title dark horses.
In-form striker Gabadinho Mhango settled the affairs to give new Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer his third win in 4 games.
Downs did hit the woodwork three times as they sought to redeem themselves in the title race but it seems they are striving more for continental glory as in the PSL they have laboured to draws and narrow wins.
By Gerald Dandah